Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DMC: "Science is like Writing" by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater


In science I held up a prism.
The sun made a rainbow
on my book.

Our teacher explained 
about bending light.
My friends all came to look.

Science is like writing.

A poem takes white light in me
and breaks it into colors 
for everyone to see.

© 2010 Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. All rights reserved.
(from The Poem Farm archives)

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor at Chronicle Books. Her DMC challenge is to write a poem that explores how writing (or a book) is like something else.

Post your poem on our May 2017 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, May 26th. Two lucky participants will win a book published by Chronicle earlier this year: LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Shadra Strickland, or LOVE IS by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane.


  1. Bravo, Amy! Such a concise and brilliant capture of writing. Makes me want to try a similar poem.

  2. Connecting to a "rainbow made" makes me feel good about the writing, and about the writer, too, Amy. Lovely thought in your poem.

  3. What a wonderful metaphor, Amy! I love the thought of us all filled with white light, just waiting to burst into color. Those Poem Farm archives are a real treasure trove. :)

  4. Jesse Anna BornemannMay 24, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    I really like this metaphor -- simple yet evocative. Thanks, Amy!

  5. Light bending from your pen to us in a rainbow of joy!

  6. Brava, Amy! Concise, yet profound. =)

  7. What a surprise to find my poem here. Thank you, Michelle. You help each of us find our rainbows inside by sharing your generous, beautiful online home. xx

  8. Beautiful poem, Amy. As the light bends so does the writing to shape and create.